Updated September 27, 2021

  • For updates and developments on UMF’s ongoing response to COVID-19, visit UMF Communication Updates
  • If you have questions about UMF’s COVID-19-related policies and updates, please email umf.safereturn@maine.edu
  • For System-wide information and updates, visit the website below
UMaine System COVID-19 Information



University of Maine at Farmington campus spaces and buildings have reopened. 

Visitors are again permitted on UMF property without required check in.

Frequently Asked Questions for Vendors, Suppliers and Contractors Servicing the University

We realize you have lots of questions, probably more than we can possibly answer on a single FAQ page. This FAQ is a work in progress and we will add to it. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at: umf.safereturn@maine.edu  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Indoors — Yes, regardless of your vaccination status.
This requirement has been extended to at least October 31, 2021.

Outdoors — Strongly recommended but not required.

This requirement is in effect to at least October 31, 2021. The face covering requirement may be ended or extended depending on civil guidance, the trajectory of the pandemic and public health considerations.

The University of Maine System carefully monitors public health guidance and data, and will update its requirements, including this face covering requirement, as warranted. This face covering requirement will be reviewed by October 30, 2021. Continuation or easing of this protocol are both possible depending on circumstances.

Exceptions to the University’s indoors face covering requirement include:

  • When a person is alone in an office or other room with a closed door
  • When eating or drinking in a space where eating or drinking is permitted
  • When a medical accommodation has been granted by appropriate University of Maine System officials
  • In other special circumstances as may be determined by campus leadership

For now, the University of Maine System strongly recommends face coverings outdoors for all employees, students, and visitors when the event or activity involves larger gatherings or crowded circumstances. This is a recommendation, not a requirement, at this time.

  • Face coverings also continue to be welcomed in other circumstances when individuals choose to wear them as a matter of personal preference
  • There may be certain exceptions related to security-sensitive circumstances or other matters when face coverings must be removed

This and all University guidance on COVID-19 is subject to change in accordance with the evolving circumstances of COVID-19.

In general, face coverings should have multiple layers covering the nose, mouth and chin and be secured snugly with ear loops or ties behind the person’s head.

“Cloth Face Covering” as defined by our Maine civil authorities is a protection that covers the nose and mouth; fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face; is secured with ties or ear loops; has multiple layers of fabric which cover the nose, mouth and chin; allows for breathing without restriction; and is able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to its shape.

Accepted:  Cloth face coverings as defined above, clear masks, dust masks, disposable masks and KN95s are approved face coverings.

Not accepted: Respirators or face coverings with exhalation valve, neck gaiters, bandanna-style coverings with an open bottom, face shields by itself (without also wearing a cloth face covering), “creative” face coverings including a paper bag, large plastic bottle, goalie mask, Halloween mask, etc.

See the UMaine System’s Do I need to wear a face covering? for a lengthy description and images as to what does and does not meet the System requirements.

Farmington-specific Messages

We have developed a series of pages to help guide you on on our COVID-19 plans. Because COVID information is being updated more quickly we recommend you check back frequently as we will update our Communication Updates and FAQs.

UMF Communication Updates FAQ for Students & Parents FAQ for Employees FAQ for General Public & Visitors FAQ for Vendors, Suppliers & Contractors

Contact Us

We are working to develop additional FAQs and to add to the one here. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, please contact us at: umf.safereturn@maine.edu

The University consistently seeks to take steps to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) in accordance with applicable law, regulation, and guidance provided by health authorities. These efforts may include policies and safeguards implemented by the University such as symptom checks, social distancing, use of facial coverings, and isolating and quarantining when required. Despite these efforts, the University cannot categorically guarantee that any person entering University campuses or facilities will not contract COVID-19 or any other communicable disease and any such person must assess and accept the risks of illness or injury for themselves.